Every brand seems to have a gravel bike, but the true challenge is designing a bike that can be a riders 'one' bike. Turn up to your local bunch ride, pursue your fitness goals, and be free to unlock adventure on epic rides on backroads. Merida's new Silex aims to deliver on all fronts.

Explain to me what an adventure bike is again?

Merida have created a road bike with geometry that resembles that of a mountain bike.

There's a long top tube and very tall head tube, allowing a shorter stem for nimble handling. The taller head tube means you're still likely to “slam your stem” and have high bars. Which is exactl what the Merida engineers were after! Spacers make flex, and this option should allow a strong front end for offroad use, while also delivering on the positioning riders on the Silex will want - you can stay nice and secure on the drops on trails - while not being too low.

1x simplicty for the Silex - mostly

The entry-level Silex 300 (shown) at $1599 has a 1x SRAM Apex drivetrain, as does the top Silex 6000 ($2999) in carbon. But the Silex 400 ($1999)uses Shimano 105 for a 22-speed drivetrain and the RS505 hydraulic brakes.

The frame is adorned with three water bottle mounts, plus mounts on the fork, and mounts for racks and guards too. The Silex could be set up as a bikepacking rig, super commuter, fitness bike, or just a bike to tackle whatever you felt you and it were capable of.

The Silex has a new tyre from Maxxis, the Razzo. With the edge knobs of the Raze, but a super smooth centre it should roll fast and hook up well. But the frame can take a 44mm tyres, or run 650b x 2.2" tyres if you need a bigger contact patch.

 

With 12mm through-axles, flat-mount disc brakes, tapered head tubes, internal routing and a generous 75mm BB drop the Silex matches the modern standards you'd expect from an adventure bike. We just love that they start at $1599. Expect to see these from around October."